The Earth Moved

The Earth Moved

On the Remarkable Achievements of Earthworms

Book - 2004
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Explores the impact earthworms have on the ecosystem, discussing how they improve soil, fight plant diseases, clean up pollution, and turn ordinary dirt into fertile land.
Publisher: Chapel Hill, N.C. : Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2004
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781565123373
Branch Call Number: 592.64 S849e 2004
Characteristics: xv, 223 pages ; 21 cm


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Jul 24, 2013

Absolutely outstanding! A real eye opener.

May 31, 2013

The Earth Moved: On the Remarkable Achievements of Earthworms --- by Amy Stewart. Right up front: this is not a yucky book. Earthworms aren’t yucky. And in spite of the fact that they hang around in some dirty places, they are meticulous when it comes to cleanliness and to their personal appearance. Okay. So we got that out of the way. One of their earliest students who laid the groundwork for what we know about them was none other than THE Mister Darwin the one of evolution fame. He was impressed by the prodigious amount of work they did day in and day out, burrowing, eating, and digesting (and, oh yes, pooping). He was also impressed by how many such soil denizens were to be found in the fields around his home. So what’s a worm good for besides bait you say? Aerating soil. Creating soil. Ingesting soil-critters, many of which are nasty actors intent on damaging plants. They may even have a future digesting our sewage and cleaning up our toxic spills. Stewart writes a good little book. It’s engaging. It doesn’t talk down to us. It doesn’t preach. She writes with homour and a smile on her face. She knows were-of she writes: she’s been a worm keeper herself for years. If you’ve got an iota of interest or curiosity about what goes on under the surface and in the soil, you’ll find this book to your liking.


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